Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Peru instead of South Africa, you would:

Health

be 98.5% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In South Africa, 20.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Peru, that number is 0.3% of people as of 2018.

live 9.9 years longer


In South Africa, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 66 years for women) as of 2020. In Peru, that number is 75 years (73 years for men, 77 years for women) as of 2020.

be 30.4% less likely to be obese


In South Africa, 28.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Peru, that number is 19.7% of people as of 2016.

Economy

be 74.9% less likely to be unemployed


In South Africa, 27.5% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Peru, that number is 6.9% as of 2017.

pay a 33.3% lower top tax rate


South Africa has a top tax rate of 45.0% as of 2017. In Peru, the top tax rate is 30.0% as of 2016.

be 36.7% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In South Africa, 16.6% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Peru, however, that number is 22.7% as of 2014.

Life

be 26.1% less likely to die during childbirth


In South Africa, approximately 119.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Peru, 88.0 women do as of 2017.

be 39.9% less likely to die during infancy


In South Africa, approximately 27.8 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Peru, on the other hand, 16.7 children do as of 2020.

have 11.5% fewer children


In South Africa, there are approximately 19.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Peru, there are 17.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 12.8% more likely to have access to electricity


In South Africa, approximately 84% of people have electricity access (93% in urban areas, and 68% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Peru, that number is 95% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 89% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 37.1% less on education


South Africa spends 6.2% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. Peru spends 3.9% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Geography

see 13.7% less coastline


South Africa has a total of 2,798 km of coastline. In Peru, that number is 2,414 km.

Peru: At a glance

Peru is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 1,279,996 sq km. Ancient Peru was the seat of several prominent Andean civilizations, most notably that of the Incas whose empire was captured by Spanish conquistadors in 1533. Peruvian independence was declared in 1821, and remaining Spanish forces were defeated in 1824. After a dozen years of military rule, Peru returned to democratic leadership in 1980, but experienced economic problems and the growth of a violent insurgency. President Alberto FUJIMORI's election in 1990 ushered in a decade that saw a dramatic turnaround in the economy and significant progress in curtailing guerrilla activity. Nevertheless, the president's increasing reliance on authoritarian measures and an economic slump in the late 1990s generated mounting dissatisfaction with his regime, which led to his resignation in 2000. A caretaker government oversaw new elections in the spring of 2001, which installed Alejandro TOLEDO Manrique as the new head of government - Peru's first democratically elected president of indigenous ethnicity. The presidential election of 2006 saw the return of Alan GARCIA Perez who, after a disappointing presidential term from 1985 to 1990, oversaw a robust economic rebound. In June 2011, former army officer Ollanta HUMALA Tasso was elected president, defeating Keiko FUJIMORI Higuchi, the daughter of Alberto FUJIMORI. Since his election, HUMALA has carried on the sound, market-oriented economic policies of the three preceding administrations.

How big is Peru compared to South Africa? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Superintendencia Nacional de Aduanas y de Administración Tributaria, South African Revenue Service.

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